Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

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Our Faculty

More than 150 faculty members work within the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. They have a wide range of expertise, from monitoring and assessing health risks and opportunities in populations, to helping build health-supporting social environments through policy, advocacy, and programs. They are educators, advisors, researchers, practitioners and community leaders. They come from backgrounds in quantitative, behavioral, environmental and social sciences, policy and government, exercise and health sciences and anthropology, among many other areas. They all work in collaboration with each other and with community partners, and are especially focused on the training and education of future leaders and practitioners in the public health fields.

 

Programs

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Applied Practice Experience – CPH 513

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The Applied Practice Experience course will facilitate development and completion of a portfolio that requires students to demonstrate attainment of selected competencies. Students will study portfolio use and development in higher education.

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Chemical Transport Processes in Env. Health – ESHH 534

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This course covers fundamental concepts of chemical mass transport in the environment and within the human body. It addresses advective and diffusive transport, and dispersion in advection-driven systems. Media include air, water and soil as well as the major organs of the body. Transport scales range from global to cellular.

Concepts of Environmental Health – ESHH 511 / 611

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An intensive course designed to familiarize students with fundamentals of environmental health from a scientific and conceptual perspective. Topics are considered within multi-causal, ecological, adaptive systems, and risk-assessment frameworks. Includes consideration of biological, chemical, and physical agents in the environment, which influence public health and well-being.

Doctoral students register for the ESHH 611 section.

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Environmental Biology – ESHH 532

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The course provides an introduction to biological processes in environmental systems and the influence of human activities on these processes. Topics include ecology and evolution, population growth, natural resources, and environmental sustainability. In addition to fundamental knowledge in biology, students will demonstrate understanding of environmental inter-relationships and contemporary environmental issues.

Environmental Chemistry – ESHH 530

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This course provides an overview of chemical processes that are important in the environment and examines how they impact human health. Topics will include atmospheric chemistry, aquatic chemistry, industrial chemistry, hazardous waste chemistry, environmental restoration, as well as regulations for protecting human and environmental health from hazardous chemicals.

Environmental Health in a Changing World – ESHH 519

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Environmental hazards that affect human health are examined in the context of current social, political and regulatory pressures.  Emphasis will be on public health security and disaster response.  Topics include the effect of environment hazards (i.e. tsunami, volcano, flooding, earthquake, storms, extreme heat and cold) on human health, environmental change and emerging and re-emerging disease, government agencies and response planning, technology and public health crises, public health response to terrorism, industrial emergencies, mental health issues, and response for special populations.

Environmental Toxicology & Risk Assessment – ESHH 529

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This course covers the health effects of chemicals in the environment and regulatory risk assessment. Methods for both human health and ecological risk assessment will be presented including hazard identification, exposure assessment, dose-response relationships, risk communication, toxicity testing, and computational models in toxicology. Special emphasis will be placed upon ethical risk assessment and communication with regards to sensitive sub-populations.

Epidemiology I – EPI 512 / 612

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This is the first course in a three course sequence designed for MPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics majors.  Textbook based; e.g. Gordis Epidemiology.  Basic epidemiological principles applicable to infectious and non-infectious diseases, host-agent-environmental relationships, and concepts of disease causation will be reviewed.  Students will gain familiarity with epidemiologic measures such as incidence, prevalence, mortality, natality, case fatality, relative risk and other rates and ratios and will use age-adjustment and other standardization techniques.  Types and sources of public health data will be reviewed, their use in comparing groups, and statistical significance. Epidemic curves, outbreak investigation principles, surveillance concepts and basic designs of observational studies and sources of bias will be covered.

Students in the MPH Epidemiology and MPH Biostatistics programs should take the on-campus Epi I course.

Doctoral students register for the EPI 612 section.

Etiology of Disease – EPI 516

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The biological and molecular bases of public health: the immune system, genomics, environmental exposures. The evidence-based role of biology in ecological models of population health, its integration in disease prevention and control policies and programs. Effects of behavior on biology. Legal, social, ethical issues will be considered.

Prerequisites: Current graduate standing or instructor approval.

**Note: This course is cross-listed at OHSU, and is offered only at PSU. The course number through the PSU catalog is PHE 519.

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Health Systems Organization – HSMP 574/674

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This course introduces basic concepts and issues in the organization, financing, and delivery of health services. The emphasis is on the systemic aspects of health services production and delivery which address the health needs of populations with respect to death, disease, disability, discomfort, and dissatisfaction. Students will examine the inter-relationships of system structures, subsystems, and processes, as well as their interactions with the larger social, cultural, economic and political environments in which they exist. The focus is on the United States, with international comparisons used to illustrate similarities and differences.

Prerequisites: Current graduate standing or instructor approval.

**Note: The following section is offered online: Cartwright.
All other sections are offered in-person.

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Integrative Learning Experience – ESHH 506

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The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) requires MPH students to synthesize selected competencies from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The ILE involves students working with preceptors at organizations outside of the SPH. During the ILE, students will create a substantial written product that is appropriate for each student’s educational and professional objectives as well as complete other required assignments. The ILE occurs toward the end of a student’s program of study.

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Principles of Health Behavior – PHE 512

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Presents an overview of the biological, psychological, behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental factors that function in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. Theories developed to explain health and illness behaviors at intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group/community levels are introduced. Ethical issues involved in health-related behavior change are examined.

Principles of Occupational Health – ESHH 521

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Students will learn about the current Total Worker Health approach to creating safe and healthful work environments, focusing on workplace hazards and the methods and strategies for their elimination or control. Topics are expected to include occupational health professions, evaluation of hazards and the hierarchy of controls, chemical and physical hazards, psychosocial issues, shift work, workers’ compensation and health care, global and emerging issues, special and priority populations (guided by faculty research and student interest), contingent and informal working populations, and workplace interventions (e.g., policy, organizational systems, engineering, job design, ergonomics, leadership, selection and training, and behavior change).

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Qualitative Methods for Health Professionals – UNI 504

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This course is designed for students from across health and science disciplines to obtain hands-on experience in qualitative research methods. The 2 credit course is designed to promote collaboration across disciplines through an introduction to qualitative approaches, such as interviews, focus groups, and observational procedures, which can be applied across research disciplines as a sole methodology or as part of a mixed-methods design. Students will work in interprofessional teams to plan for and engage in basic data collection and analysis, with a focus on study design, sampling and selection, budgeting for qualitative tasks, data management, coding, content analysis and reporting. Attention will be paid to the specific issues of ethics and confidentiality in qualitative research, as well as the unique challenges of rigor and reproducibility as they apply to qualitative methods. At the end of the course, students will be able to select an appropriate qualitative method, implement it with their target population, analyze the results, and present it clearly.

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Reading and Conference – ESHH 505

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Environmental health topics individually selected by the student and supervising faculty member.

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Values & Ethics in Health – HSMP 573

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This course addresses issues and questions regarding values and ethics in health, with particular attention to public health practice and health policy and management. It provides students with opportunities to consider issues in health and social services that challenge values and pose ethical issues, and assists students in addressing these issues in the context of both personal and organizational values and beliefs. Specific course content includes, but is not limited to, ethical issues such as reproductive issues, emerging diseases, product liability, pharmaceutical controls, advertising, occupational and environmental issues, and research dilemmas.

HSMP 573 should be taken after completion of at least 30 credits or with demonstration of substantial health-related work experience.

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N